Bird's eye view of the vineyards

Top 5 prominent Istrian wineries

When planning a trip, our thoughts are mostly on the food, a good drop of wine, and a location where everything is dedicated to just enjoying the new destination and experience. If you are a wine lover, Istria is the right place for you! As the most important region of Croatian winemaking, with vineyards that stretch throughout the entire peninsula - it will surely leave a striking experience on all your senses.

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The leader among the wines of this region is Malvasia, followed by Merlot, Teran, Muscat White and Yellow, and Cabernet Sauvignon. All of them, together with many other varieties, dominate the wine lists of Croatian restaurants. The most important and famous wine fair in Croatia - Vinistra - is held in Istria.

1. Kabola winery - Momjan, Buje

The story of wine growing in the Markežić family dates back to 1891 when they started with the Momjan Muscat.

Kabola winery from bird perspective

Kabola winery and vineyard from above, source:Facebook

Winery Kabola is located in the northwest of the Istrian peninsula, on the hill Štancija. Laid down at 275 m above sea level, it has gorgeous views that reach the Alps and the Dolomites on one side, and on the other to the rich greenery of untouched nature and a beautiful view of the sea.

View over Kabola vineyards and vinery

Perfect sunny position of Kabola's vineyards, source: Facebook

The vineyards are located near the winery itself, in Momjan. The soil is mostly clayey and rich in marl, which gives the wines their specialties.

You can choose between sparkling wine, fresh wine, aged wine, semi-sweet and sweet wine.

Kabola's wine offerRich wine selection for everyone's taste, source: Facebook

The winery offers 4 tasting programs that you can choose from depending on your wishes. Duration up to 60 minutes depending on the type of tasting.

Kabola wine and some tasteful bites at picnic

Great way to enjoy a sunny day outside, source: Facebook

Villa Green Hacienda with Pool

This 5-star beauty with a heated pool in Umag is the perfect place to relax. Accepts up to 10 people and pets.

Villa Green Hacienda pool and teracce

Stone Villa Green Hacienda with Pool

It offers two saunas, an indoor jacuzzi, a gym, a large garden, a home theater, outdoor dining area with a barbecue.

Villa Green Hacienda offers peace and privacy on the west coast of the Istrian peninsula and is only a 20-minute drive from Kabola Winery.

Rustical interior of Villa Green Hacienda in Istria

Combination of rustical and modern details in Villa Green Hacienda

2. Kozlovic winery, Momjan, Buje

The tradition of the Kozlovic family dates back to the beginning of the last century, in 1904, when the first generation began growing wine on only 1 ha.

Viticulture continued for decades later, and in 1998 Gianfranco Kozlovic made drastic changes in the family tradition of wine production. The same year Gianfranco Kozlovic formally received national recognition when his Malvasia was declared the top white wine in Croatia.

Kozlović vineyards in Momjan, Buje

A bird's eye view over the Kozlovic vineyards, source:Facebook

Kozlovic Winery has become one of the cult places of Croatian winemaking, but also one of the largest wine laboratories in the country, with many award-winning wines such as Malvasia Istrian, and Santa Lucia (barrique), Teran, Muscat Momjan.

Kozlovic wine selectionSelection of Kozlovic wines (Malvasia Istrian, Santa Lucia (barrique), Teran, Muscat Momjan) source: Facebook

Do not miss their 2 hours of guided wine tasting, where you will get to know 5 wines from their vineyards Valle and Santa Lucia, with 5 exclusively created small dishes that reflect the tradition of the Istrian peninsula. Some of the wines can only be tasted at the winery so it’s really worth the experience!

Experience and enjoy the flavors and views at Kozlovic winery

Wine tasting at Kozlovic winery, with magnificent views, source:Facebook

At the Vinistra wine competition at the beginning of this month, the best-rated Malvasia according to the choice of 70 judges from 15 countries was Malvasia Santa Lucia from the 2018 Kozlović winery, which won the flattering title of the best Malvasia in the world!

Entrance at Kozlovic winery

Kozlovic winery entrance,source:Facebook

Villa Camelia with Pool

At a distance of less than 2 km from Kabola vinery, in Momjan, you can book this gorgeous rustic and romantic 5-star villa with a pool. It features 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, a gym, sauna, an outdoor dining area, and of course, a grill. The property is placed in a quiet village with beautiful views over the surrounding greenery.

Villa Camelia teracce and pool view

Rustic Istrian Villa Camelia wit Pool, in Momjan

The exterior is decorated in a traditional style, with a stone facade and wooden shutters, while the interior is decorated modern and contemporary and provides everything you need for an ideal holiday.

Kitchen and dinning area of Villa Camelia with Pool

Enjoy your meals in the modern interior of Villa Camelia

Villa Silver Sky with Pool

When planning your vacation in Istria, take a look at this new 5-star villa in Kaštel. It can accommodate up to 10 people and is ideal for families and groups of friends. The spacious garden and outdoor dining area are ideal for spending hot days in the shade or sunbathing by the pool. The spacious en suite bedrooms are located on the first floor, where there is also an open terrace with magnificent views of the surrounding greenery.

The Pool view of modern Villa Silver Sky

Refresh yourself in the pool in Villa Silver Sky

When you want to relax and have fun in the villa, you have at your disposal table tennis, billiards, and darts.

Villa Silvery Sky terrace and view of the garden

The cozy and shaded lounge area of Villa Silver Sky with Pool

The villa is fenced and provides privacy. Enjoy a good book or a glass of wine on the terrace, in a cozy lounge area.

3. Matosevic winery, Kruncici

Just a few minutes' drive from the Lim Channel you can find one of the most famous Istrian and Croatian wineries, the Matosevic winery, which is located in Kruncici.

Matosevic Grimalda wineThe perfect combination of Matosevic Grimalda and a shrimp risotto, source:Facebook

Thanks to the sun, the sea, and the extremely fertile land, this area grows top-quality grapes from which the best wines are produced. Some of the white wines produced by this winery are Malvasia and Chardonnay, and red wines such as Merlot Mora and Cuvée Grimalda.

Matosevic wine tasting offer

Wine tasting offers perfectly paired wines and homemade products, source: Facebook

Take a break in the shade of the green terrace and be sure to try all the types of Istrian Malvasia they have in offer for you.

Villa New Vintage with Pool

Book this unique property with an outdoor area of 1800m2 near Pazin and find out what paradise is! The villa can comfortably accommodate 8 people and has 4 spacious bedrooms and 4 bathrooms.

Villa New Vintage with pool near Pazin

The peaceful location of Villa New Vintage with Pool

Only 11-15 minutes away from the Matošević winery and close to Lim bay, this magnificent villa has a lot to offer: a sauna, spa room, PlayStation, Golf, fitness room, badminton, children's playground.

Spend your afternoons by the pool or prepare a delicious barbecue under the starry sky. The villa is close to restaurants, cafe bars, shops, and the beach.

Cozy living area  of Villa New Vintage, with pool views

Enjoy the views from the cozy and modern living area of Villa New Vintage with Pool

Villa Silver Lining with Pool

Book this modern villa near Pazin in the heart of Istria and treat your family or group of friends to a dream vacation. Enjoy your morning coffee on the terrace or start the day with a pleasant refreshment in the pool.

Villa Silver Lining with pool, near Pazin in Istria

To relax, you have a spa room with an indoor jacuzzi, and if you want a little more active time, bicycles are available to check out and explore the nature around.

Swimming pool and sunny terrace of Villa Silver Lining Catch some sun rays on the terrace and refresh in the spacious pool

Pazin, Novigrad, Rovinj, Porec, and Pula are at a short drive distance.

4. Clai winery, Krasica

Clai Winery is located in inner Istria, in the vicinity of towns Buje and Grožnjan. The vineyards are spread over 10ha, at 200m above sea level, enjoying a lot of sunny hours.

Clai winery bird's eye view

Dreamy views over Clai vineyards and winery, source:Facebook

The soil is rich in marl, which creates good drainage, and our vines extend to the roots deep underground, which ensures the recognizable quality of Clai wine.

Clai wines have a distinct author's line and are widely recognized because, during the process, no controlled fermentation or stainless steel tanks are used. The wine is aged on lees, in large wooden barrels of various sizes, and after two years it is bottled without micro or sterile filtration.

Clai wine selection tlo every taste

Choose from the rich collection of Clai wines, source: Facebook

If your path leads you to Grožnjan, do not miss the opportunity to visit this winery surrounded by charming Istrian hills and enjoy its top-quality Brombonero Refošk.

Wine tasting is available within the winery for group visits of up to 10 people.

Clai St. Jacob wine

Fish and wine are always a good idea, source: Facebook

The offer includes tasting menus and both white and red wines: Malvasia (Ottocento white, Sv. Jakov malvazija, Baracija malvazija), Ottocento red, Brombonero, Baracija refosk.

Villa Paradiso with Pool

The traditional pet-friendly holiday home was built in the 19th century and renovated in 2012. It consists of 3 buildings and the interior is a perfect combination of rustic and modern. This 7-bedroom beauty can accommodate up to 14 people, and also has 7 bathrooms and 4 toilets.

19th century villa Paradiso with Pool

Fantastic view over the 19th century Villa Paradiso with Pool estate

A big advantage of the summer house is a large garden with an outdoor pool of 80 m, where you can enjoy the sun and the sounds of nature. For entertainment, you have at your disposal table tennis, table football, and PlayStation.

5 parking spaces, Wi-Fi, a home cinema, and satellite channels are the perfect addition, to complete the experience in this magnificent villa.

Pool area and sun deck of Villa Paradiso

Relax and enjoy the peace by the pool

5. Gerzinic winery, Vizinada

Gerzinic Winery is nestled in Vizinada, near Porec and Novigrad, and is the perfect place to enjoy both the Istrian hinterland and the Adriatic Sea. The Gerzinic family currently cultivates their own 10 hectares of vineyards, most of which are Istrian Malvasia, and five other varieties: Chardonnay, Muscat Yellow, Teran, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah.

Gerzinic wine selection

Modern and simple bottles hide rich flavours, source:Facebook

Syrah is a grape variety that is characteristic of France and Australia, and it arrived in Croatia from France in 1971. Gerzinic is one of those who are responsible for the placement of this variety in Croatia. He planted the first syrah plantations in 2005, and it turned out that the stingy Istrian red mulberry is very suitable for this variety. Already in 2007, Gerzinic won the gold medal on Vinsitra for his syrah.

Syrah wine, Gerzinic

Syrah is one of Gerzinić's most trophy wines

Along with the vineyards, the Grižinić family carefully nurtures their olives and preserves the family's long tradition.

Luxury Villa Titanium with Pool

A beautiful luxury villa with 5 bedrooms can accommodate 10 people. Located on the private property of 1000 m2, modern and luxuriously decorated, the villa has a vast of space both indoor and outdoor. Guests have at their disposal a parking lot, a wooden barbecue, and a perfect summer kitchen. The villa is wheelchair accessible.

Luxury Villa Titanium with Pool at night

Evening atmosphere at Luxury Villa Titanium with Pool

On the spacious terrace on the first floor, there is a dining table and barbecue, and you can enjoy the enchanting view of the surroundings and greenery.

Luxury Villa Titanium with Pool terrace, BBQ and dinning area

Enjoy panoramic views and the dinner under the starry sky

The villa is located in Kastelir near Porec, from where you have easily accessible various activities - wineries, the sea, and small towns rich in history.

If you want to read more about gastronomic experiences in Istria, check our earlier blog post about a Culinary trip to Istria - Spring and enjoy your vacation to the fullest!

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